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Follypalooza Aims to Raise Money for Local Cancer & Critical Illness Patients on Oct. 18
Published:
10/6/2014 4:57:46 PM


 

For the seventh year, the annual Folly Beach street festival, Follypalooza, returns to Center Street on Oct. 18 from 11 am – 5 pm to raise money for locals with medical ailments, primarily cancer.

This annual fundraiser directly supports our Folly Beach neighbors, who due to medical ailments, are in dire need of financial support.  In keeping with the mission for which the organization was founded in 2007, Follypalooza primarily raises money for cancer patients, but also helps those with other critical illnesses and medical issues on a case-by-case basis. 

In the last six years, the non-profit organization has been successful in raising almost $31,000 for local cancer patients through its carnival-themed event on Center Street. To date, the funds raised have helped 24 individuals alleviate financial stress caused by impeding medical bills. Two of these recipients, Mechelle Neunsinger and Nathan Calhoun, are now cancer survivors, thanks, in part, to the help of the community and the funds raised by Follypalooza. 

The Folly Angels, a long standing philanthropic-oriented group who have been great partners in identifying and verifying cancer patients in need, as well as the Folly Beach Exchange Club nominate all recipients of Follypalooza proceeds, following a thorough screening process. 

Entrance to Follypalooza is free, with money raised through the sale of various sponsorships and t-shirts, silent auction, as well as a variety of carnival games and activities.  This year’s event will feature live music by Danny Clamp, Don’t Mess with the Tiger, Sweet T & Chuckwagon, Tavelin’ Kine, Jamisun and many more. In addition to carnival games for all ages,  there will be an appearance by Cool Ray from the Charleston Stingrays, a fortune teller, face painting, laser tag, and a 50/50 drawing to name a few.

“Follypalooza has been a very rewarding event for not only the individuals that it helps in a real time of need, but also to the organizers and Folly Beach community who have made it successful so far. The event gets bigger every year and we want to see that growth continue this year – the more people that come to the event, the more people we can help,” says DJ Rich, President of Follypalooza and Co-Owner of Planet Follywood.  “Our record so far was $8,000 in 2012. We have been able to help many people with the money raised. This year, we are going bigger and better in order to attract more folks from all over to help us raise more money.”

Businesses or individuals interested in participating and/or supporting this event via sponsorships, silent auction donations, volunteering, or monetary donations can contact the organization’s Board of Directors at 


http://www.facebook.com/#!/follypalooza
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